What a strange world COVID-19 is creating! The entire season of the New Zealand National Basketball League is being streamed on ESPN – all 56 games!
I have to ask why. It’s not like we rank highly in international basketball, and while its popularity as a participant sport is increasing, it has a very long way to go as a spectator sport here to match the likes of Rugby Union, Netball, or Rugby League. Is it because so little sport is being played in the US that broadcasters are desperate for any form of familiar sports code, irrespective of its source and quality?
If, at the beginning of the year, someone had suggested that a season of any NZ sports code would be live streamed in the USA, we would have laughed ourselves silly.
As I said, it’s a strange new world we live in!
28 Jun, 2020 at 4:38 am
indeed, it is a strange new world
2 Jul, 2020 at 10:13 am
I still chuckle at excerpts from the horrible B-Movie American comedy “Dodgeball” from a few years back. I should be ashamed to admit I find it hilarious! But anyway, this amateur dodgeball (a game…not sure if it is uniquely American, in which teams throw a large ball at each other) league was broadcast on “ESPN 8, La Ocho” Not sure why I find that so funny! ESPN 8 would be perfect for New Zealand baseball league!